The Royal Courts of Justice in London

A Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) consultation closes today on rule changes risk creating a more insular tribunal system, particularly if so-called Cart judicial reviews are restricted by the Judicial Review and Courts Bill currently before Parliament.

Read Public Law Project’s consultation response here

The TPC proposal to amend rule 22 of the Upper Tribunal Rules 2008 would mean that where judges make a decision on the papers to certify an appeal application as ‘totally without merit’, the applicant will not be allowed the right of an oral renewal.

We believe this removal of oral review restricts access to justice, compounded by the proposals in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill to restrict the availability of Cart judicial review.